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Kenji Yoshino - The Epistemic Contract of Bisexual Erasure

Kenji Yoshino - The Epistemic Contract of Bisexual Erasure

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In discussing

this project with peers, I was struck

by how many of them

agreed that bisexuals were invisible relative to homosexuals

without believ-
ing that bisexuals were being erased. In their view, the scant visibility of
bisexuals relative to homosexuals

did not signify their "erasure,"

but rather

accurately

reflected their smaller relative numbers. Call this the "relative

nonexistence

thesis." The merit of this position depends on the numbers

of

bisexuals and homosexuals

in the population.

Those numbers

in turn depend

on the definitions

of "bisexual"

and "homosexual."

I thus provide and de-

fend a provisional

definition

of "bisexuality"

(and, by doing so, provide and

defend definitions

of "homosexuality"

and "heterosexuality").

I then apply

this definition

to a number

of major sexuality

studies to compare

the relative

incidences

of bisexuality

and homosexuality.

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